\ ˈsänd How to pronounce sonde (audio) \

Definition of sonde

: any of various devices for testing physical conditions (as at high altitudes, below the earth's surface, or inside the body)

Examples of sonde in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the jet — which is also equipped with Doppler radar to study wind — the program is launching other sondes, from a ship and a small atoll near the Equator. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Studying the Heart of El Niño, Where Its Weather Begins," 1 Feb. 2016 A brief whooshing noise was the only indication that a sonde had been released. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Studying the Heart of El Niño, Where Its Weather Begins," 1 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of sonde

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sonde

French, literally, sounding line — more at sound entry 6

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“Sonde.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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